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Woman killed in alligator attack in South Carolina

This Times file photo shows an alligator in St. Petersburg. Another alligator (not pictured) killed a woman Monday in Hilton Head, South Carolina. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
This Times file photo shows an alligator in St. Petersburg. Another alligator (not pictured) killed a woman Monday in Hilton Head, South Carolina. [LARA CERRI | Times]
Published Aug. 20, 2018

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Authorities in South Carolina say an alligator attacked a woman who was walking her dog, pulling her underwater in a lagoon and killing her.

Beaufort County Coroner Edward Allen identified the woman as 45-year-old Cassandra Cline of Hilton Head Island. The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that the attack happened around 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Sea Pines resort on Hilton Head Island.

Witnesses say the woman was pulled under the surface of the water by an alligator thought to be about 8 feet (2.5 meters) long.

Allen scheduled an autopsy at the Medical University of South Carolina.

The woman's dog did not appear to have been hurt, the sheriff's department said.

The sheriff's department, state Department of Natural Resources, and resort security personnel are looking for the alligator.